Max Clifford jailed for eight years

Daily Echo: Max Clifford jailed for eight years Max Clifford jailed for eight years

Disgraced PR guru Max Clifford has been jailed for eight years for a string of indecent assaults on four women.

The 71-year-old finally fell from grace after decades influencing the media when he was convicted of eight counts of the crime, carried out between 1977 and 1984, on Monday.

Passing sentence at Southwark Crown Court today, Judge Anthony Leonard told him: ''These offences may have taken place a long time ago, when inappropriate and trivial sexual behaviour was more likely to be tolerated, but your offending was not trivial, but of a very serious nature.''

The judge said that due to the age of the offences that occurred between 1977 and 1984, Clifford was charged under an act from 1956, which set the maximum term at two years.

Under later legislation passed in 2003, the maximum term would have been 10 years, and for the worst instances would have been charged as rape or assault by penetration, which attract a maximum life term, the court heard.

Clifford repeatedly shook his head as the judge made his comments to a packed courtroom.

Judge Leonard added that he thought Clifford's personality and position in the public eye were why the crimes had not been made public sooner.

He said: ''The reason why they were not brought to light sooner was because of your own dominant character and your position in the world of entertainment which meant that your victims thought that you were untouchable, something that I think you too believed.''

Clifford, who branded his accusers ''fantasists'', remained defiant ahead of his sentencing, saying: ''I stand by everything I have said in the last 17 months.''

A string of his clients have moved to distance themselves from the veteran agent in the wake of his conviction, the first under the sex crime inquiry Operation Yewtree.

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3:10pm Fri 2 May 14

Lone Ranger. says...

The day has just got that bit better
The day has just got that bit better Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 12

4:23pm Fri 2 May 14

Maine Lobster says...

For once a criminal has been sentenced to consecutive terms for each offence rather than a concurrent term. Concurrent sentences effectively only makes the criminal pay once. The same principle should be applied to all multiple offenders so that justice is more appropriate to the level of offences.
For once a criminal has been sentenced to consecutive terms for each offence rather than a concurrent term. Concurrent sentences effectively only makes the criminal pay once. The same principle should be applied to all multiple offenders so that justice is more appropriate to the level of offences. Maine Lobster
  • Score: 16

4:23pm Fri 2 May 14

rudolph_hucker says...

Uuuurgh he sickens me.
I hope he has a really tough time and gets done over repeatedly by other lags.
Uuuurgh he sickens me. I hope he has a really tough time and gets done over repeatedly by other lags. rudolph_hucker
  • Score: 4

8:30pm Fri 2 May 14

BeyondImagination says...

This is yet another example that shows many of the most influential and powerful members of society are corrupt, devious and downright villains.
No wonder there are large numbers in the rest of society who give up in despair.

Is it any wonder the average citizen is demotivated to work, follow healthy options. It's time we had some good positive examples at the top instead of the scum bags we have now.
This is yet another example that shows many of the most influential and powerful members of society are corrupt, devious and downright villains. No wonder there are large numbers in the rest of society who give up in despair. Is it any wonder the average citizen is demotivated to work, follow healthy options. It's time we had some good positive examples at the top instead of the scum bags we have now. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 1

11:11am Sat 3 May 14

skeptik says...

Whilst it is right to point the finger at this awful specimen - the question remains why are we not exposing those who supported aided and abetted and paid money for stories that were 'believed' because it was 'Max' telling them, perhaps some of those who were dragged through the mire and had no voice to defend themselves will act now.
Whilst it is right to point the finger at this awful specimen - the question remains why are we not exposing those who supported aided and abetted and paid money for stories that were 'believed' because it was 'Max' telling them, perhaps some of those who were dragged through the mire and had no voice to defend themselves will act now. skeptik
  • Score: 1

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